Since first bursting onto the scene with the now classic album 'Wide Angle' in 1999, the Swansea, Wales-based Hybrid have been known as one of the most forward thinking & technically skilled acts in electronic dance music. Blurring the line between in-studio production & live presentation, Hybrid are one of the few remaining dance acts to perform live with a classic band setup. Though, much has changed on the road to Hybrid's fourth artist album Disappear Here. Most notable is the addition of Hybrid's newest member – singer/ songwriter Charlotte James – to go along with founders Chris Healings & Mike Truman. Charlotte's impact is marked as Disappear Here is truly an album of real songs & not merely dance beats with vocals on top. It offers a lot more than anything Hybrid has ever previously written and pushes boundaries in every way.
With Disappear Here, Hybrid have managed to create an epic and unique sound which has progressed dramatically from its original dance inception but still retains much of what makes electronic music so exciting. "This album offers a lot more than anything we’ve managed to write in the past", Healings says. "Charlotte comes from that singer/songwriter/performer world and she really inspired us to write something much more song based. Working so much with her we feel like there's a feeling of going somewhere else or doing something that will last longer in a live capacity. The music definitely reflects our desire to be a band but firmly rooted in dance music".
As the opening track for the album, 'Empire' meets Healings' statement of intent for the album. Its pounding live drums and moody, tense atmospherics set the stage and gradually build layers of electric guitars and sweeping strings performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. 'Can You Hear Me' is a shining moment combining the vocals of Charlotte and Tim Hutton (who also plays bass for Ian Brown, The Prodigy), while 'Green Shell Suit' is a swirling chill out reprise. 'Every Word' brings a warm, organic feel with the combination of haunting slide guitar, a warm arpeggiated acoustic and a brace of wonky but playful sound design. Album title track 'Disappear Here' mixes a powerful piano driven song over the crunching Hybrid production and the stadium electronica of 'Formula of Fear' presents one of the album’s most intense peaks. Venturing further on, 'Salt' is encrusted with warped bass lines and brush drums; 'Original Sin' is a soundscape house music monster and 'Take A Fall' features a rock-breaks edge with Tim Hutton grabbing hold of the mic. Before closing out with the divine 'Numb'. Hybrid presents the album’s touchstone and first single 'Break My Soul'. It’s all cinematic from the triumphant chorus and 'Day in The Life' strings to the haunting breakdown and filmic overtones.
One constant that's remained with Hybrid since its inception is the advanced way in which Healings and Truman create music. In an era of laptop production, Hybrid are notable in their use of top analog gear and full orchestras on their recordings. When the computer does come into play it's typically complicated sound design software like Native Instruments Reaktor and Symbolic Sound's Kyma X that's used to create unique stylized sounds. This skill opened up an entire new world for Hybrid in the area of music production for television and feature films. A frequent collaborator with major film composer Harry Gregson-Williams, Hybrid has music production credits in major blockbuster films including The Taking of Pelham 123, Wolverine X Men Origins, The Chronicles Of Narnia – Prince Caspian, Deja Vu, Domino and Man on Fire. Hybrid have also composed the entire score for films including Catacombs (2007) and Exit To Babylon (coming in 2011).
All Songs written by Chris Healings, Charlotte James & Mike Truman.
01) by Harry Gregson-Williams, Chris Healings, Charlotte James & Mike Truman. 6) Charlotte James & Mike Truman 2) and 10) Chris Healings, Tim Hutton, Charlotte James & Mike Truman.
All Songs Published By Copyright Control except 2) & 10) Copyright Control / Perfect Songs
Recorded and mixed at The Ark, Derbyshire.
Sound Design recorded at Electrotek Studios, Swansea.
Orchestral parts performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Orchestrated by Andrew Skeet.
Mastered by Tim Young, Metropolis Mastering, London
(P) & (C) 2010 Distinctive Records
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